Maine college students head to Washington, D.C. to discuss climate change
Twenty-six Maine college students are heading to Washington, D.C. to call on congress to take action on climate change.
The students from Bowdoin and Bates are joining 1,000 students from the "Sunrise Movement,” which is a group dedicated to taking on climate change.
While in Washington, they're demanding a "green new deal" and hope to pressure House Democrats to create a committee focusing on what they're calling a climate crisis.
"The United Nations climate reports have come out this year, saying we have 12 years to essentially de-carbonize our economy and society in order to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. And we're already seeing some of them now,” Bowdoin College Student Haley Maurice said.
Some members of congress have already pledged their support for a green new deal, including Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.
When asked about a recent climate report warning about the catastrophic impact of climate change, President Donald Trump said he didn't believe it.